Tim has been the organiser of several conferences at Aberystwyth University, including the the British Association of American Studies 2003 Conference at Aberystwyth. He served as Chair of the Conference Sub-Committee on the BAAS Executive Committee until 2006. He is a member of the Higher Education Academy and he served as a member of Panel 47 (American and Area Studies) for the RAE 2007. He is also on the Peer Review panel for the AHRC. After a term as Head of the Department of English (2002-2007), he is currently Dean of the Faculty of Arts.
Tim's main teaching and research interests are Twentieth-Century writing; African literatures in English; Contemporary British and American poetry; modernist and postmodernist writing; and literary theory, especially Marxism and poststructuralism. He has a particular interest in the relationship of ethics to literature, as well as representations of history and memory in twentieth-century literature. He has supervised research degrees in a range of subjects including Ngugi wa Thiong'o and African fiction, contemporary British Poetry, contemporary American Poetry, Religion and the Metaphysics of Postmodernism, contemporary American Fiction, Emmanuel Levinas, Postmodernism and Nihilism, and Cyberpunk Fiction, and would welcome doctoral applications in any of these areas. He is currently writing a book on post-apartheid South African Literature, and researching American poetry in 1950s and 1960s New England.
Twentieth-Century writing; African literatures in English; Contemporary British and American poetry; modernist and postmodernist writing; and literary theory, especially Marxism and poststructuralism.